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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 24, 2013

It's not easy being green.

Three to get ready (and fourth yet to show!)

DEBUTS
40. Basic Vacation – I Believe
39. Colbie Caillat – Hold On
38. Christina Perri – Human | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Taylor Henderson – Borrow My Heart (39)
29. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (35) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
26. HAIM – The Wire (31)
24. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
15. Bastille – Of The Night (21) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
11. One Direction – Story Of My Life (16)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love (07) | PEAK: #07
09. Daughtry – Waiting For Superman (11) | PEAK: #09
08. A Great Big World – Say Something (12) | PEAK: #08
07. Keane – Higher Than The Sun (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Sheppard – Hold My Tongue (04) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
05. Coldplay – Atlas (06) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
04. New Politics – Harlem (02) | PEAK: #02
03. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
02. The 1975 – Girls (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Passenger – The Wrong Direction (03) | PEAK: #01 for one week

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Hedley – Anything (5)
2. Lily Allen – Hard Out Here (3)
3. Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move (4)
4. John Newman – Losing Sleep (7)
5. Cher – I Hope You Find It (6)
6. Kodaline – Love Like This (8)
7. Sam York – The Script (9)
8. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun (-)
9. Strange Talk – Climbing Walls (-)
10. Dominique Pruitt – To Win Your Love (-)

In The Mix:
Backstreet Boys – Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)
Britney Spears – Perfume
Crosses – The Epilogue (new)
Emblem3 – 3,000 Miles
Honor By August – Already Yours
John Butler Trio – Only One (new)
Keane – Won’t Be Broken
Los Lonely Boys – Don’t Walk Away (new)
Michael Bublé – You Make Me Feel So Young
New Politics – Tonight You’re Perfect (new)
Parade Of Lights – We’re The Kids (new)
Pink – Are We All We Are?
The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion
twenty one pilots – House Of Gold
tyDi featuring Carmen Keigans – Live This Lie
Vance Joy – Riptide
Young The Giant – It’s About Time

Chart Notes:

  • If loving it is “wrong”, I don’t want to be right. Luckily, “The Wrong Direction” is going in the right direction this week as Passenger advances 3-1, meaning his first three singles have all hit the top. A handful of acts have scored three number one singles on my top 40 in any given twelve month period, but the singer-songwriter is only one of two to score the three within one chart year (the other being the Backstreet Boys in 2001) and the quickest to do so overall at just past six months since “Let Her Go” first reached #1 on the May 12 chart. His followup album to All The Little Lights is due in the spring of 2014; stay tuned to see if Mr. Rosenberg can pull off four in a row next year.
  • Three songs are tied for the Biggest Mover this week: Bastille rise 21-15 with “Of The Night” as the band pulls off a three-song block on the chart with “Laura Palmer” at #16 and “Pompeii” at #17. This has only occurred one other time in 2004, when Maroon 5 took over positions 24-22 with “Sunday Morning”, “Pure Imagination” and “She Will Be Loved”. Gary Barlow is up 30-24 with “Let Me Go”, which will officially debut in the top 5 in the United Kingdom today. Finally, there’s Kelly Clarkson, who takes a jump from 35-29 with “Underneath The Tree”. It marks the highest peaking Christmas-themed song on my top 40 since the year 2000.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is the fourth charting single for singer-songwriter Christina Perri, “Human”, new at #38. It was produced and co-written by Martin Johnson, also behind this week’s #9 song, “Waiting For Superman” by Daughtry. (View the premiere post from last week.)
  • Produced by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat‘s latest single is “Hold On”, in this week at #39. It’s Caillat’s eleventh single to make my chart, her biggest being “Realize”, which spent five weeks at #1 in 2008. Her most recent release prior to this, a duet with Gavin DeGraw called “We Both Know”, made the top 20 earlier this year. (View the premiere post from earlier this week.)
  • Lastly, down at #40, is the only new act to debut on the chart this week. Trio Basic Vacation enter with their first single, “I Believe”, featured on their recently released self-titled EP. It’s currently gaining airplay at the Alternative format, where it ranks in the top 50. (Read my profile on them published last month.)
  • This marks the last chart of my 2013 Chart Year, which began in December 2012. Thanks for all the love this year once again and stay tuned for my Top 100 of 2013 coming soon!

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 26, 2000

It wasn't them... or was it?

It wasn’t them… or was it?

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. We’re going way back to fifth grade for this countdown, and yes, I really shouldn’t have been listening to some of these songs at age ten. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 26, 2000:

Debuts:
40. PINK, “You Make Me Sick”
39. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Christmas Time”
36. MYA, “Free”

Biggest Mover(s):
JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (34-20) (14 spots)

10. USHER, “Pop Ya Collar”
It’s the song that sprung a leak and Napster was the culprit. After its surprise release via the service, “Collar” was serviced to U.S. radio in October and was off to a decent start, but was pulled in late November after parent album All About U was shelved and mixed reaction about his new pop sound. A 2001 release in several European countries, like Belgium and the U.K., landed him another top five hit.

09. NINE DAYS, “If I Am”
Best known for their big hit from earlier that year, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)”, this was the followup to it and charted on a few radio formats in the lower regions. Their album, The Madding Crowd, was certified Platinum. After a shelved second album with 550 Music (which was eventually released digitally), the band’s recorded on and off together independently, last putting out an EP earlier this year.

08. SPICE GIRLS, “Holler”
Released over two years after the departure of Geri Halliwell, album Forever marked the first and only full-length album that the girls released as a quartet. It went top 40 in the U.S., but was never certified. The single only received minor airplay here and missed the Hot 100. However, it was released in a double a-side single with “Let Love Find A Way” in their native U.K., marking their final #1 hit.

07. VITAMIN C, “The Itch”
The girl behind “Smile” and “Graduation (Friends Forever)” was scratching up the chart again. It was her last top ten on here, which was followed by “As Long As You’re Loving Me”, a minor hit. Album More was delayed until January and tanked given the post-Q4 market and singles underperforming. The singer now goes by her birth name, Colleen Fitzpatrick, today the VP of Music at Nickelodeon.

06. NELLY FURTADO, “I’m Like A Bird”
As you can tell, I was way early on this first single from the Canadian songstress. Furtado’s song debuted on the radio here in September and I was on it almost right away. Though it wouldn’t peak on the airplay charts until the summer of 2001, it was a massive hit across the globe, including a #1 peak in her native country. She’s had her ups and downs when it comes to sales and radio, but is still making music.

05. MIKAILA, “So In Love With Two”
The singer from Edmond, OK was just 13 when she entered my chart and the music industry on Island Records with her debut single. Followup “It’s All Up To You” was playlisted on a few stations with the release of her self-titled album in the spring of 2001, but both items tanked and the singer was dropped. She hasn’t charted since and ranks as one of the biggest one-hit wonders in my chart’s history.

04. RICKY MARTIN, “She Bangs”
With a crash, boom and a bang, the Latin heartthrob was topping the charts, including for four weeks on my own top 40. “Bangs” led Martin’s Sound Loaded album to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. The song’s become a bit of a joke today, especially after an audition by American Idol contestant William Hung during the show’s third season in 2004, but the song is still good fun and a great throwback.

03. SHAGGY featuring RIKROK, “It Wasn’t Me”
Sometimes it’s wise to take the advice of a friend. This reggae song wasn’t intended to be a single, but after it was tested by a Hawaiian DJ, it became a smash, topping the Hot 100 for two weeks in February. This would be RikRok‘s only time ranking in my top 40; Shaggy would last chart in 2002 with the minor “Strength Of A Woman”, but continues to record original material that still charts overseas.

02. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Stronger”
Don’t you just remember her dancing with the chair in the music video? This self-empowerment anthem has been a favorite in her repertoire for some time now. It was the third consecutive top two hit from the Oops!… I Did It Again era on my chart and the last; “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”, the followup, would stall out just below the top ten. Spears releases her latest album, Britney Jean, next week.

01. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Independent Women, Part One”
Throw your hands up at them! What a jam this song was. Featured on the soundtrack to Charlie’s Angels, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, “Women” was one of the biggest hits of the group’s career, topping the Hot 100 for eleven weeks in 2000-2001, and would be followed by the Survivor era, which also stormed the charts in 2001. The trio last made my chart in 2004 with “Lose My Breath”. They most recently reunited for a one-off performance at Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl halftime show early last year.

Check back next Saturday for another Adam’s Top 40 Flashback and don’t forget to follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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PROFILE: “Live” For tyDi’s New Single

Thunder from down under.

Thunder from down under.

If tie dye gives us a concoction of colors on t-shirts and other fabrics, consider Australian DJ tyDi (pronounced tie-DEE) a titan of tints, painting with the hues of house and electronic in his own brand of original music and remixes for other acts. The 26-year-old performer has been flying all over the world lately, promoting his high-energy shows and club-ready tunes to an even bigger audience. Now, he’s back in the States for a small tour and will be returning again early next year to play a set of dates in conjunction with his newest single release, “Live This Lie”, featuring a vocal from Carmen Keigans, the former lead singer of one-time Adam’s Top 40 act I Nine. It’s now at CHR radio as promoted by Global SoundSystem Records.

The 26-year-old, real name Tyson Illingworth, was born in Mooloolaba in Queensland, Australia and grew up in Brisbane. Discovering the sounds of dance music by his teens, Illingworth took the name tyDi (originally stylised as tydi) and began entering DJ competitions as early as 16. By 2008, at a more mature 21, he took the title of Australia’s top DJ on the Sony inthemix50, which he also won again the next year. Also around time, he decided to begin recording his own music, first issuing singles and placing remixes on record label compilations, followed by full-length albums like 2011’s Shooting Stars and now Hotel Rooms, which is out today digitally. The set is preceded by a stand-alone single, “Nothing Really Matters” (featuring Melanie Fontana), which went to #39 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs during the fall via Republic Records.

This isn’t the first time tyDi has been serviced to this particular radio format. The DJ and producer received some limited airplay earlier this year on a song called “Glow In The Dark”, a collaboration with singer Kerli. Z-Entertainment, the L.A.-based group best known for handling the radio promotion for acts like Colby O’Donis and The Cab, was unable to find a place for it on the airwaves and it soon fell off the radar. Luckily, “Live” is in some more capable hands with his management, who are hard at work securing stations for the record in addition to some pre-impact plays on the West Coast.

The song itself is probably his strongest effort to date, a melodically pleasant piece with a superb vocal from Keigans and a slow-to-rapid tempo change, shifting back and forth between the two extremes. It’s a perfect fit for CHR radio as well as the Dance Club Songs chart assuming it can pick up some traction before the big holiday radio freeze. The video also had a successful launch about a week and a half ago when it debuted on VEVO, surpassing 100,000 views, and with a growing social media pack of over 285,000 followers between Facebook and Twitter, he surely must be doing something right.

So, why pay attention to “Live” in an already packed music market? Simply follow the patterns of popular radio this year, who have made big acts out of dance producers and singers who had little to no exposure to the mainstream circuit prior. Earlier this year, the little known Zedd collaborated with unknown vocalist Foxes on what would become a massive hit, “Clarity”. Avicii, who couldn’t manage to ignite the U.S. market on his previous two radio releases, was welcomed with open arms on his Aloe Blacc-sung single, “Wake Me Up”. Now, American radio is starting to pick up on Calvin Harris‘s “Thinking About You”, a former top ten single in the U.K., which features newcomer Ayah Marar. There’s potential for the trend to continue in 2014, although it’s unclear to what degree, so you may just be seeing tyDi and Carmen Kiegans rank among the best of them. Australia’s EDM scene has yet to have a voice on the American charts; why not speak up now?

Look for another full-length release and single from tyDi in early 2014 as he continues to shuffle his way around the globe and play songs off of his new Hotel Rooms album, a chill-out experience rather than a hardcore dance effort. In the meantime, watch out and listen up for “Live This Lie” on a radio station near you soon, and that’s the cold hard truth.

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Purchase tyDi‘s “Live This Lie”, featuring Carmen Keigans, on iTunes.Purchase tyDi‘s Hotel Rooms on iTunes.

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TOP TEN: An Innocent List

He's got a way about him.

He’s got a way about him.

He’s playing the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve and he already has three dates planned at Madison Square Garden early in 2014. With that and he being the subject of a tribute episode of Glee airing tonight, we still can’t get enough of the legendary Billy Joel. From Piano Man to River Of Dreams, the classics are all there, and even in his earlier and lesser known works still find a big audience even today. This was the hardest Top Ten list to compile so far; there’s way too many songs to enjoy from his decades of recorded music. So, I limited it to singles, specifically those that charted on the Hot 100. It didn’t help as much as I wanted it to, but, the list got done. Here they are, my ten favorites, all ranked in order:

10. “SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN” [from The Stranger]
Year: 1978 / Peak: #17

It was the last release from his Diamond-certified album, and though its run was abbreviated due to the release of “My Life”, it’s still a very pretty ballad. I also liked a cover by Fyfe Dangerfield, a top ten U.K. hit in 2010.

09. “UPTOWN GIRL” [from An Innocent Man]
Year: 1983 / Peak: #3

From his 1983 concept album, probably my favorite from him, this song is an ode to the Four Seasons and written about his then-girlfriend and now ex-wife, model Christie Brinkley. It’s still one of his most played hits to date.

08. “GOODNIGHT SAIGON” [from The Nylon Curtain]
Year: 1983 / Peak: #56

This was the only single from Joel’s 1982 album to not go top 40, but it’s certainly the most poignant of them. The ballad written about the Vietnam War touched a lot of veterans and climbed to #1 in several European countries.

07. “THE ENTERTAINER” [from Streetlife Serenade]
Year: 1975 / Peak: #34

One of the more biting songs about the woes of the music industry, this somehow made it as a single, although it cracked the top 40 for just a few weeks. Sometimes songs with a heavy message like this just “don’t stay on the charts.”

06. “MY LIFE” [from 52nd Street]
Year: 1978 / Peak: #3

Produced by the late Phil Ramone, “Life” is Joel’s anthem about independence. It was one of his first big songs to reach the top ten following “Just The Way You Are” in 1978 and solidified his place on the charts for years to come.

05. “I GO TO EXTREMES” [from Storm Front]
Year: 1990 / Peak: #6

Saying sorry for his crazy lifestyle never sounded so good. Joel’s followup to “We Didn’t Start A Fire” was another hit from his 1989 effort and was received well by the critics during the album’s initial release. Apologies accepted.

04. “TELL HER ABOUT IT” [from An Innocent Man]
Year: 1983 / Peak: #1

Here’s another classic song with a classic sound as well. His ode to the Motown era featured a memorable video in which Joel appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, which got a lot of airtime on MTV. The results? A number one hit.

03. “HONESTY” [from 52nd Street]
Year: 1979 / Peak: #24

This tender ballad is a lovely one and receives some attention today on Classic Hits stations. After “Big Shot” failed to go top ten in early 1979, this also missed, though it became a moderate radio record despite its weaker sales.

02. “THE RIVER OF DREAMS” [from River Of Dreams]
Year: 1993 / Peak: #3

This is the first song I can remember hearing from Mr. Joel; my father had the album on cassette in the car for some time. The poppy track was his last big hit around the world, going top five in Australia, Canada and in the States.

01. “SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD (LIVE)” [from Songs In The Attic]
Year: 1981 / Peak: #17

It may not be the most popular or the most remembered song of his career, but it’s my absolute favorite from Joel, a song written about his move back to New York City in 1975. The original version was on 1975’s Turnstiles; the hit version ended up on this compilation of live tracks from a summer tour for his previous album, Glass Houses, in 1980. I first heard it on an older radio show and fell in love with it immediately. Now, it’s time to “say goodbye to” this countdown.

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ALBUM REVIEW: One Direction – Midnight Memories

Read up on this "Story".

Set adrift on Memory hits.

“I don’t know how else to sum it up/’Cause words ain’t good enough,” sing the members of One Direction on closer “Better Than Words”, the perfect way to describe their fandom. From sold out concerts to social media, the Directioners go all out to support their boys. So, here it is that the guys are delivering their third album, Midnight Memories, due to be released on November 25. Like their previous two albums, this packs some major pop goodies, but also delivers when it comes to their growth both lyrically and musically. 11 of the 14 tracks on this effort have at least one member co-writing, which is a major jump from 2012’s Take Me Home, and with new producers on hand like Ryan Bunetta and even Jacknife Lee, the results are effortless and the right Direction for the five lads to take their sound.

From start to finish, this is a really solid album, beginning with the two singles: the light and fun “Best Song Ever” and the more serious and folk-driven “Story Of My Life”, their current hit. “Story”, particularly, seems to be doing a good job of converting those unsure of the band’s future into believers again, with a great lyric (led by Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 at the helm) and a pretty arrangement. From there is the electro-pop influenced “Diana”, in which the boys go after a pretty Miss who seems to have trouble in love (“I never would mistreat you/I’m not a criminal”) and needs someone by her side. Then, it’s back to the partying with the anthemic title track, a melodic ode to Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, which rocks out hard and brings the fun. It could possibly be the “Rock Me” of this particular era.

Track five, the softer ballad “You And I”, shines with a lyric about being so faithful to your significant other that “not even the Gods above/Could separate the two of us.” Yes, maybe it’s a little cliché, but for the time being, it works. Following that is “Don’t Forget Where You Belong”, which appears to be a fan favorite at the moment, at least from what I’ve read around. It’s another lighter composition, an anthem about hometown pride and not feeling lonely when you’re far from home. The mood picks up from there with the solid “Strong”, which ironically enough reminds me a bit “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson, especially in those small guitar bits. “Happily” also, well, happily chugs along, with a folk-influenced pop sound and an explosive chorus that ranks among my favorites on the album.

One of the missteps on this album is “Right Now”, a Ryan Tedder co-write, which sounds like a sloppy leftover from Maroon 5‘s Overexposed. It doesn’t sound out-of-place, but it’s not great. The tide immediately turns with “Little Black Dress”, a guitar-infested little number which brings the heat in these boys and their object of desire with calls of “I wanna see the way you move for me.” Highlight “Through The Dark”, track 11, goes back to the folk but does it well, probably the best out of those genre tracks on here. This, again, finds itself a safe lyrical place about being there for someone: “When the night is coming down on you/We will find a way/Through the dark.” The next song over, “Something Great”, another folk track co-written by Gary Lightbody of the band Snow Patrol, pales in comparison to it.

Ending it off are “Little White Lies”, a catchy pop song that verges into dubstep territory for an edgier feeling and the aforementioned “Better Than Words”, another pop-oriented track that hits all the right notes. Out of the four bonus songs on the deluxe edition, the best by far is “Why Don’t We Go There?”, an energetic pop/rock thumper with a suggestive lyric that also keeps it on the clean side. This should’ve been on the standard set, replacing one the slower songs. “Does He Know?” is a nod to early 80’s Rick Springfield, while “Alive” also sticks out as another track straight out of the hair metal era. It’s not as natural as some of the other stadium rockers on the standard edition, but still manages to go hard. “Half A Heart”, the final track here, is one of the weaker ballads of the bunch; it was rightly demoted.

Should there have been a few more uptempo records rather than a few of the clunkier songs on the album and Midnight Memories would’ve been my favorite album from the band; alas, I think Up All Night still does it for me best, but this can take second place on the list. The major 80’s influence is a big draw on this one; as carbon copy as some of these songs may be, you can’t help but like them and dance along. I don’t know if that necessarily gives them a free pass with the rest of the world, but hey, let’s celebrate this achievement for the moment. Look for #1 placement around the globe during the next few weeks as this one is going to be a winner with the kids for the holidays. Get the wrapping paper and bows ready. In short, One Direction is here to stay and those good Memories will keep on coming in 2014.

Listen to Midnight Memories on SoundCloud/Tumblr. (It’s all over there.) / Pre-order Midnight Memories on iTunes.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (November 19)

They're crawling back to us.

“Waiting For” their next #1 album.

In a week full of super releases by musical superheroes, there can only be one that tops the Billboard 200 album chart. Here are the high-flying and hot new releases for November 19:

  • Led by the Hot AC hit “Waiting For Superman”, pop/rockers Daughtry are storming into stores with their fourth studio album, Baptized. The band’s had two #1 albums and a third go top ten; how will this fare? I think we’ll be seeing them well within this region again this time around. (iTunes)
  • The soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, out this Friday, is in stores today. It features two singles currently ranking on the radio charts: “Atlas” by Coldplay and “We Remain” by Christina Aguilera. (iTunes)
  • American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is rereleasing his album, The World From The Side Of The Moon (iTunes), with a new three-track Live EP (iTunes), featuring in-concert versions of songs like “Gone Gone Gone” and current single “Where We Came From”.
  • They’re “Battle Born” and ready to fight with the release of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 2. Five Finger Death Punch (what a name) are rocking out and up for sale this week. (iTunes)
  • Rapper Yo Gotti just missed the top ten with his last album, Live From The Kitchen. His latest is I Am, featuring current single with T.I., “King Sh-t”. (iTunes).
  • Recorded back in April at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and friends like Jeff Beck and John Mayer collaborate on Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. (iTunes)
  • Other albums out this week include Delta Rae‘s Chasing Twisters (EP) (iTunes), Jake Bugg‘s Shangri La (iTunes), Matthew Morrison‘s A Classic Christmas (EP) (iTunes) and Nickelback‘s The Best Of Nickelback, Volume 1 (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Diana”, a digital single from boy band One Direction. (iTunes)
  • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, a rendition of the holiday classic from Babyface and Toni Braxton. (iTunes)
  • “Hold On”, a new single from singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. (iTunes)
  • “Human”, the first single from Christina Perri‘s forthcoming second album. (iTunes)
  • “Last Christmas”, the first track released from Ariana Grande‘s new Christmas themed EP. (iTunes)
  • “PYD”, the latest Music Mondays release from Justin Bieber and special guest R. Kelly. (iTunes)

One Direction are taking over next week with their third album, Midnight Memories. How high will it go? A preview is coming in seven!

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SINGLE REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – “Hold On” (+ Lyrics)

Holdin' on to the charts.

Holdin’ on to the charts.

Ready for the latest hit from Colbie Caillat? “Hold On” is the leadoff single from Caillat’s forthcoming fifth studio album with Republic Records, due early next year. This is not to be confused with a “Hold On” that appears on the singer’s 2010 iTunes Session EP; these are totally different compositions.

The California singer-songwriter has opted to change her sound a bit on this single. This isn’t your typical pop/rock, guitar-driven soft rock anthem. Produced by OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder, his band’s sound has essentially rubbed off on this recording mixed with a touch of Florence + The Machine, especially in an explosive chorus with layered background vocals, an organ and drums. The lyric, unfortunately, suffers on this one from a reliance on repetitive phrases, as you can read below. Yes, it’s a bit stale and tired sounding from that standpoint, but the shift is pretty natural for Caillat, and with major crossover potential, this could be the song to return her to the heights of the CHR airwaves as well as her core formats like AC and Hot AC. I do like it; I just wish the approach in the process of creating this song was more focused because it could’ve been so much more epic and career-defining rather than a scribbled note in the margin of Tedder’s discography. Oh well.

Look for a major battle between this and Christina Perri‘s new single, “Human”, in a battle for airtime as both are serviced this week. Who will come out on top? We’ll find out in 2014.

Listen to “Hold On”. / Purchase “Hold On” on iTunes. [11PM on Monday, November 18]

“HOLD ON” (3:35)

[Verse 1]
I’m feeling further, feeling further from you every day
You’re in the stars, in the stars, yeah, you’re worlds away
I’m moving on, moving on, then I hear you say
Hold on, hold on
We’re losing light, losing light, yeah, we’re fading fast
We had a fire, need a spark, or we’ll never last
Just look at me, look at me, I’ve been burning for you
So long, so long

[Bridge]
I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Verse 2]
I’m losing love, losing you, losing everything
Losing faith in the world where I wanna be
So I don’t care if the one thing that’s killing me
Is so wrong, so wrong

[Bridge]
I should walk away

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

[Middle 8]
Oh oh oh (x2)
And I can’t stop this feeling (x2)

[Chorus x2]
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I look at you and
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I get the feeling
(Oh-oh oh-oh)
I think that I should hold on, hold on

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